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Jack Michael Saba (1932 - 2013)

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Jack Michael Saba 1932 - 2013 Jack Saba was born on July 14, 1932, the third son of Nazera and Mike Saba. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Alfred and Jim. He is survived by his wife of fifty-three years, Elizabeth and his children Mike Saba and wife Dana, Anne Beth Hallock and husband Lee, and Gerald Saba; and by four grandchildren, Ellie Saba, Mason Saba, and Katie Hallock and Jenna Hallock. Jack's schooling included East Bakersfield High School class of 1950, Bakersfield College and Fresno State University. Upon graduating he was employed by the Bakersfield City Schools at the newly opened Washington Junior High until the U.S. Navy sent him for two years of service to the island of Guam in the Pacific. There he became a Third Degree Mason. He also learned to play golf which became a lifetime passion. He returned to teach for several more years and then entered the family business, Saba's Men's Clothing Store, for the remainder of his working life, retiring in 2006. His meticulous attention to tailoring endeared him to many law enforcement officers as well as many other uniformed government employees. He met Elizabeth Garrard in 1959 at Golden State Junior High School where they were both teaching. They were married in 1960 at the First Methodist Church in Gainsville, Georgia. From then on Jack's life was filled with his work, helping to rear three children, enjoying an active sport's life that included golf at Bakersfield Country Club, long distance running, triathlons and active support of his children's sports activities. Dear to his heart were his membership on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, his membership in the Rotary Club of Bakersfield East where both he and Elizabeth are Paul Harris Fellows, and his membership at Wesley Methodist Church and later, the First Congregational Church. A Memorial Service for Jack is scheduled for Monday, October 7th, at the First Congregational Church, 5 Real Road, at 9:00 a.m. The family wishes to express gratitude to Jack's caregivers at Pacifica Memory Care, specifically Director Irma Luna and her staff members, Debbie and Ruby; and to Optimal Hospice Care, real experts in creating a circle of love for all, including the residents as well as their families. The family suggests in place of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County, 5500 Olive Drive, 93308. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 28, 2013
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